Reach for the stars

Budding stargazers have the chance to get tips from the experts and use professional equipment when members of Ilkeston and District Astronomical Society host a ‘look to the skies’ night at Erewash Museum.
 
The equipment will be set up in the museum grounds on Saturday 12 November between 7pm-9pm and anyone wanting to learn more about astronomy can go along to this free event.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This will be an out of this world event for people of all ages and offers a wonderful opportunity to get expert advice on the night sky, the moon, planets and all things celestial.”
 
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays.  Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum 
 

A model attraction!

It will be all the fun of the fair when the Long Eaton Fairground Model Show offers residents a chance to see everything in miniature on Saturday 19 November between 10am and 4.30pm.
 
The one-day family-friendly show at Long Eaton Town Hall runs alongside the last day of the town’s Chestnut Fair and is expected to attract model fans from far and wide.
 
This year’s event features 25 local exhibitors who will showcase their intricate work, with visitors able to see everything the street fair has to offer . . . only in miniature form.
 
On show will be all the favourite fairground rides including the waltzer, the big wheel, carousels, the ghost train, speedways and many more. Models will also cover everything that makes up a travelling fair, including transport, caravans, stalls and children’s rides.
 
Alongside the models will be a display of photographs, fairground artwork and artefacts such as carousel horses and speedway bikes.
 
The model makers are all local, both young and old, and have created their work from various materials including wood, metal, plastic and Lego.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The fairground models are incredibly detailed and when you see them you have to applaud the skill and craftsmanship that has gone into creating them. They are a delight to see and this is a must-visit show for all the family.”
 
A variety of scales will be on show, from HO (model railway scale) and 1/48th (Corgi scale) to 1/24th and 1” (doll’s house scale).
 
Admission is free, but there will be a collection bucket on the door.

Tales of the unexpected?

An evening of spooky stories featuring creepy characters is on offer at Erewash Museum on Halloween for those wanting a ghostly celebration of All Hallows’ Eve.
 
Storyteller Pat Ashcroft will weave the words for the spooky evening which starts at 7.30pm on Monday 31 October.
 
Tickets for the event are £4 and are on sale at the museum. The evening is suitable for everyone aged 12 and over (all under 16s must be accompanied).
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The dark nights are here and what better way to celebrate Halloween than a gathering at Erewash Museum for some spooky tales. It will be ghostly – but fun as well, so see you there!”
 
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum 
 

Best of British will sparkle!

This year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks extravaganza will be held on Saturday 5 November and promises to be as spectacular as ever with a stunning ‘Best of British’ themed display set to some rocking music.
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, the annual celebration is held at West Park in Long Eaton and is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the county, attracting thousands of people.
 
The gates at West Park will open at 6pm, with a funfair, stalls and food on offer to ensure a great night out for all the family. The event will begin at 7pm with the official lighting of the bonfire by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, and will be followed at 7.30pm by the start of the dazzling firework display.
 
Residents have already been snapping up advance tickets to make ‘sparkling’ savings on admission prices – a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) is £10, instead of the £15 payable on the night. Adults can snap up a ticket for £5 while anyone aged 16 and under or 60 and above pay £2 – both a £1 saving on the on-the-night price. Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our community bonfire night spectacular is by far the safest and most value-for-money way to enjoy this traditional family night of food, fire and fireworks! It is by far the biggest and best event for miles around and we promise another dazzling night of family fun – so get your tickets now and have a sparkling time!”
 
Advance tickets are available at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls.
 

Maggie Joins Campaign To Save Lives

Every year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than one in 10 survive. Maggie Throup, Member of Parliament for Erewash is now backing a campaign to get more defibrillators in schools and public places.
 
The Oliver King Foundation launched the campaign in Westminster and Maggie was there to show her support.
 
After the launch Maggie said: 
 
"Early access to a defibrillator is vital, as, for every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10 percent. I am lucky that my Mum was that one in 10 survivor.
 
"I was inspired by The Oliver King Foundation which was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single week.
 
"It is vital that we take whatever action we can to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved. It was interesting to hear how many lives have been saved as a result of the work of the Foundation, including a caretaker at a school who had only received the defibrillator two weeks earlier.
 
"I know we already have defibrillators across Erewash, including one in a phone box in Stanton by Dale, but we need more.
 
"I will be delighted to work as a Defibrillator Champion, helping to raise awareness of the importance of having defibrillators in more schools and public places, ensuring that saving lives will be a legacy that we can all be proud of."
 
Mark King, father of Oliver King who died from a sudden cardiac arrest said:
 
“Five years ago when my son Oliver passed away from this hidden heart condition, we didn’t know that his legacy would reach this far. We are determined to save as many young lives as possible, so that no other family has to suffer a similar loss to that of ours.”